When last we heard from Robert Woods and his nagging ankle issue, the USC wide receiver said he’d be “alright” for the start of summer camp early next month.
“Alright,” though, doesn’t equate to full health.
At the Pac-12 media days Tuesday, Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin told the assembled media horde that the All-American will not be 100-percent healthy when camp opens Aug. 6.
“Our reports have not said that he’ll be 100 percent,” Kiffin said. “Obviously, we would like for that to be case. But until I can physically get with him, which I’m not allowed to right now, and see him move around, I can’t really tell myself where exactly he is.”
Woods dealt with the ankle issue all of last season and underwent offseason surgery in an attempt to correct the problem. That procedure ultimately kept the receiver out of USC’s spring practice sessions earlier this year.
On his part, Kiffin’s at a loss to explain the lingering nature of the injury.
“It just never really recovered the way it was supposed to,” said the coach. “For whatever reason, there have just been setbacks within the recovery, and he’s still not there.”